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Barbaric Vol. 2

Axe to Grind

Book #2 of Barbaric
Colorist Addison Duke / Edited by Adrian F. Wassel / Illustrated by Nathan C. Gooden and Richard Pace / Letterer Jim Campbell
Published by Vault Comics
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

As one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 Best Comics of 2021,” BARBARIC – featuring Owen the Barbarian and his bloodthirsty companion Axe – returns in a whirlwind of blood, humor, and mayhem with an evil demigod, vampires, and rampaging monsters with BARBARIC Vol. 2: AXE TO GRIND!

Hailed as one of the best comics of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, Screen Rant, and more, bestselling BARBARIC returns with its second explosive volume: Axe to Grind!

When a foe from Owen's past returns, he embarks on a bloody mission to succeed where he once failed and kill a malevolent demigod. Which suits Axe just fine, considering he hasn't gotten drunk on god blood yet! Meanwhile, Owen's former barbarian comrade, now a timid vampire, gets cold feet about a life of violence. But in the world of BARBARIC, where orcs, giant spiders, and devil bats roam the land, and doing good is full of gore, is there any other way?

For fans of BRZRKR!, The Witcher, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Heathen, Rat Queens, and Dungeons and Dragons!

Collects the second three-issue miniseries (Axe to Grind) and the special one-shot standalone (Harvest Blades)!

It’s just … BARBARIC!

From writer Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, The Plot, and Revealer) and artist Nathan C. Gooden (Brandon Sanderson's Dark One, The RUSH, Vampire: The Masquerade)!

Own a whole lot of Owen, Axe, and the BARBARIC universe with:
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (hardcover)
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 2: Axe to Grind (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 3: Hell to Pay (trade paperback)
Queen of Swords: A Barbaric Tale (trade paperback)

PRAISE FOR BARBARIC

"Deadpool meets Game of Thrones." -- Deadline

‘One of the “10 Best Comics of 2021…” Barbaric took only three issues to establish itself as a first-rate comic.’ - Entertainment Weekly

‘One of the “Best Comics of 2021…” It's a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors.’ – Thrillist

‘One of the “Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021…” the “excellent…violent, expletive-filled fantasy epic Barbaric never holds back… It’s bloody spectacular.”’ - Screen Rant

"... fantastic!" - Alex Segura (Award-winning and bestselling author of Secret Identity)

"Man o man! It is a glorious time to be reading comics. Barbaric ... delivers on the action, the violence & the funny! ... a meaty read. Bravo!" --- George G. Gustines (Writer - The New York Times)

"Don't miss this book!"
Scott Snyder (Writer - American Vampire, Batman, Justice League (DC Comics); Wytches (Image))

Barbaric is excellent. Beautifully drawn and brilliantly written, it’s epic, action-packed, and utterly hilarious.”
Nicholas Eames (Author - Kings of the Wyld)

Barbaric is a riotous, hearty stew of wit and gore… Long may Owen and Axe trod their bloodstained path, bringing us along for the adventure.”
Jonathan French (Author - The Grey Bastards)

"This comic is absolutely badass. A sentient wise-cracking morally correct axe that punishes the wicked. And its human. SO. DAMNED. GOOD."
John Hornor Jacobs (Author - This Dark Earth, Infernal Machines, A Lush and Seething Hell)

"This book is seriously great. Do not miss out!"
Darick Robertson (Artist, Co-Creator of The BOYS, Co-Exec Producer)

"From the legitimate belly laugh ...to the air-punching violence throughout to the eyebrow-raising final page, this is a perfect example of exactly why I read comics. To be entertained. " - Big Comic Page

"Barbaric looks set to be, without a doubt, one of the finest titles Vault has published, an achievement enhanced by the fact most of Vault’s line is top tier stuff." - Pipedream Comics

"Barbaric ... really does have that it factor that makes me very excited to read more. There’s tons of bloody action, humor, smart ideas, and some heart. This is without question the best debut I've read this year." - Panel Patter

BARBARIC is the best new comic of 2021 and a must-read for all fans of fantasy and action comics." - Kaboooooom

"A visually stunning, incredibly funny, action-packed bloody tale." - Comic Book Yeti

"A raucous and rambunctious read." - The Fanboy Factor

"This book is a wild ride that you just have to experience for yourself. It has all the potential to be one of the best Vault books ever, which is a hard seat to take with so many amazing books." - Wandering Nerd Girl

"This is a highly entertaining book with some absolutely spectacular writing, witty dialogue and fantastic interior artwork." - Reading With A Flight Ring

About The Author

Michael Moreci is a screenwriter and bestselling comics author. His award-winning debut feature film, Revealer, premiered on Shudder in the summer of 2022. He was recently hired by Paper Street Pictures to write the suspense thriller Come Find Me, and he recently completed directing his first feature film, from a screenplay he co-wrote. In the comics space, Michael is the creator of the acclaimed gothic horror series The Plot, the werewolf drama Curse, and the sword-and-sorcery series Barbaric, which Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, and many others called one of the best comics of the year. He’s also written for numerous legendary characters and properties, including Star Wars, Batman, and Stranger Things.

About The Illustrators

Nathan C. Gooden is an award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, as well as the Senior Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife.

Artist / writer Richard Pace has applied his talents to numerous industries including games and television, but comics remains his greatest love. Hailing from Canada, Richard has contributed to BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM (DC), PITT (Image), NEW WARRIORS (Marvel), AND IMAGINARY FIENDS (Vertigo).  Currently, he is working on BARBARIC for Vault Comics.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Vault Comics (May 23, 2023)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781638491163

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Raves and Reviews

"...fantastic!"

– Alex Segura, Award-winning and bestselling author of Secret Identity

‘One of the “10 Best Comics of 2021…” Barbaric took only three issues to establish itself as a first-rate comic.’

– Entertainment Weekly

‘One of the “Best Comics of 2021…” It's a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors.’

– – Thrillis

‘One of the “Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021…” the “excellent…violent, expletive-filled fantasy epic Barbaric never holds back… It’s bloody spectacular.”’

– - Screen Rant

"This book is seriously great. Do not miss out!"

– Darick Robertson, Award-winning, bestselling artist and co-creator of THE BOYS

"If you like what I do, you'll like this too!"

– Nicholas Eames, Award-winning and bestselling author of KINGS OF THE WYLD

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